Iva Louise LaChat passed away peacefully in Flagstaff, Arizona on October 28th at the age of 92. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Nicholas John, and their son John Wayne in his childhood
Louise and her younger sister Marjorie spent their youth in Kentucky until Louise entered nurses training in Cincinnati. Upon graduation, she moved to Chicago where she met Nick in a VA Hospital shortly after WWII. They were married in l947 and moved to Deerfield Illinois. After moving to Deerfield, Louise worked for over 40 years as a night nurse at Highland Park Hospital, ending her career there as Head of the Utilization Department.
Raising their three children, Michael Ray (Marlene), Mary Lou, and Robert Joel, filled her days while her night shift duties at the hospital filled the wee hours. In spite of the challenge, her kitchen was a gathering place for her children’s friends, and they had as many stories to share about her as she did of them! And, of course, there was always something good to nibble on around the kitchen table.
Louise was an Eastern Star while Nick became Grand Master of the Deerfield Masonic Lodge.
Louise and Nick loved the water and invested in a boat enabling them to enjoy Lake Michigan and their many good friends at a Racine, Wisconsin yacht club. She had a quick wit, an awesome sense of humor, and was frequently the life of the party at any gathering. That said, she held strong convictions and was ready and able to defend them when necessary.
Shortly after retiring, they made the decision to move to Flagstaff Arizona to be closer to Mary Lou and Bob. There was soon a new circle of friends, along with some from back home who had also migrated West.
She also has two step-grandchildren Suzanne and Cynthia, and their three children. She was preceded in death by her younger sisters Vivian Faye and Marjorie.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.